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Which leads me to a longbow I've wanted for years and years.  Even when I quit shooting and hunting I wanted this bow.  That bow is a Dave Johnson red cedar, classic with black and white glass.  Picked one up today via USPS sent to me by a very kind fella over on the LW.  

I can remember many years ago a review was written up by Bill Bagwell in the Longbow Mag just gushing over how well these bows shot and the performance of them.  I don't think it was an exaggeration at all.  In the past few months I've garnered a couple of high end JET longbows, a Wildfork, a Miller Sage, a Strunk and a pretty nice Chuck Jones t/d longbow in black ash not to mention a couple of recurves that are pretty nice too.  I will say this for a laminated glass bow this Johnson bow equates extremely well with the JET Wallace longbow I have and they are near identical in draw weight too.  The red cedar bow is extremely smooth drawing, but then again any bow I think under 65lbs should be smooth drawing.

The bow is very quiet in the hand and has a very nice sing to the string upon release.  No discernible bump on release and does not seem to be critical upon release cause I hung up the string on my bottom trigger finger and the arrow went right where I was looking within an inch or two.  It has a nicely tapered limb from the fades to the string nocks and a nice thick core of 4 lams red cedar,and a gorgeous myrtle riser.  Interesting to note too the arrow shelf after I removed the leather strike plate is slightly canted down and out towards the bow hand.  In other words not flat or radius-ed.  The site window itself is slightly radius-ed though along the side of it back to front.  I like to shoot right off the arrow shelf and I usually put a little trough in there but don't think I can do that on this one.  Ok enough for now but pretty stoked I have it is all.  Have to explain to my old lady but what the heck she'll understand right?  keepem sharp

PS  I'll post a pic a two later
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I bought a red cedar bow from Dave back around 1987 with the white belly and black glass back.  A most beautiful bow.  Light as a feather.  I still have it but it's needs to be refinished.  At 75#, I know I will never be able to shoot it again but it's one of those bows you just hate to sell.  

Enjoy your bow.  It's a good one.  

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Longbow . You better take her out to a real nice place for dinner. 👍
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My wife surprised me with a Dave Johnson for my 40th birthday this past summer, similar specs to what you mentioned. Everything you said about your bow mirrors my experience. I was lucky enough to not only have Dave build a lefty, but also at a 60# draw weight. It feels smoother and more shootable than some of my lower poundage bows. You got yourself a great bow.
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I bought this one that was sent to me.  Just an absolutely wonderful shooting longbow.  
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